Joseph Stalin

Joseph Stalin

Josef Vissarionovich Djugashvili, born in December 1878 in Georgia, assumed the name Stalin (man of steel) in his 30s. Growing up the poor, only child of a shoemaker and laundress, he attended a Georgian Orthodox seminary as a young man. Inspired by the works of Karl Marx, he became a political organizer for the Bolshevik Party. Arrested multiple times, he was imprisoned and exiled to Siberia. In 1903 Stalin married the seamstress Ekaterina…



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Kim Il Sung and Joseph Stalin  

Kim Il Sung and Joseph Stalin  

…Did Joseph Stalin approve Kim Il Sung‘s plan to attack South Korea in June 1950 because he wanted the US to become entangled in a limited conflict in Asia — or was he reassured by Kim that the South would be rapidly overrun before the US could intervene? Whatever the reason, bogging the US down on the Korean Peninsula would allow the USSR to consolidate its control over eastern Europe. Source: Wilson Center…



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USSR WWII

USSR WWII

Although this blog focuses on Imperial Japan, Nazi Germany and the USA, it is important to keep in mind the cataclysmic struggle between the Third Reich and the USSR. And who can not be moved by these overwhelming statistics?   Estimated total WWII deaths = 48,231,700 Total Soviet losses by demographic balance (1941–45) Population in June 1941 196,700,000 Births during war 12,300,000 Death by natural causes during war of those alive…



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Animal Farm 

Animal Farm 

George Orwell, the author of Animal Farm, published in 1945, described his book as an allegorical account of events leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the subsequent Stalinist era of the Soviet Union. George Orwell was the nom de plum of Eric Blair, a British political novelist and essayist. As a young socialist, he fought in the Spanish Civil War. But in the 1930s, as he became aware of the cruel realities of Soviet dictatorship…



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Yalta Conference

Yalta Conference

  In February 1945, the “Big Three” President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Premier Joseph Stalin met at Yalta in the Crimea to: demand the unconditional surrender of Germany discuss the security and self-determination of liberated countries in post-Nazi Europe discuss the conditions under which the USSR would enter the war against Japan   Although the European war against the Axis powers was…



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